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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 May 1964 (USA)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerim Bey (as Pedro Armendariz)
Francis De Wolff ...
Vavra (as Francis de Wolff)
George Pastell ...
Zora (as Martin Beswick in opening credits)
Vladek Sheybal ...


James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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Blast him! Seduce him! Bomb him! Strangle him! Target: The Unkillable James Bond 007. See more »


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Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$24,800,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Dawson:  In the first appearance of the Ernst Stavro Blofeld villain character in a James Bond movie. His part is uncredited in the credits, which are attributed to a question mark. Dawson had previously appeared in Dr. No (1962) as Professor Dent and again would return as Blofeld in Thunderball (1965). He is the only actor to have ever played Blofeld more than once. The voice of Blofeld in this film was dubbed by an uncredited Eric Pohlmann. See more »


Bond shoots the fuel barrels twice and there are two explosions. They all blow up both times. See more »


[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Crazy Credits

Monty Norman's name is misspelled as Monte Norman in the closing credits. See more »


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James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Better than Fleming's Novel!
7 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Hard to believe, but the movie is actually an improvement on Fleming's novel. Rather than have the Lektor operation be a simple Russian scheme to discredit Bond as Fleming did, SPECTRE takes a hand here in their first on-screen appearance as an organization. The plot is improved considerably because of this. The movie thrives on its supporting actors and Sheybal. Connery is somewhat outshone by these greater lights, but gives a credible performance. From Russia... is a different pace of movie: no one here is intent on wiping out the world's population, or destroying the gold supply, or stealing submarines. Basically, it's a quiet little plot focusing on an elaborate "sting" operation. Until the end, the pace is kind of slow, and might lose more "modern" audiences, particularly those used to incredible stunt sequences every 20 minutes.

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